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The mission of The Academic Film Archive of North America (AFA) is to acquire, preserve, document, and promote academic film by providing an archive, resource, and forum for continuing scholarly advancement and public exhibition. The AFA defines academic film as any film in the broad subject areas of the Humanities and Sciences which were sold into secondary school, university, and public libraries. These films were made by educational film companies, television networks, non-profit organization...



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Academic Film Archive of North America
Oct 23, 2022
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This workprint, from the personal effects of choreographer Leonide Massine (1896-1979) is likely the only film showing the Cubist set of the three-minute ballet "Feu d'artifice" (Fireworks) designed by Italian Futurist artist Giacomo Balla. Introduced on April 30, 1917 and produced at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome, the ballet was set to music by Igor Stravinsky and directed by Sergei Diaghilev. Balla’s work presented for a few minutes, in place of live actors, a set composed of solid...
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Topics: Giacomo Balla, Leonide Massine, Sergei Diaghilev, Feu d'artifice, Italian Futurism, Cubism, Ballet,...
Academic Film Archive of North America
Oct 22, 2022
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Best known for his interpretations of the music of Bela Bartok, pianist Gyorgy Sandor here performs Franz Liszt's "Liebestraume" and "Sixth Hungarian Rhapsody."
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Topics: Gyorgy Sandor, Franz Liszt
Academic Film Archive of North America
Oct 22, 2022
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Expressed in child-like Crayola drawings, Fred Mogubgub's (1928-1999) jump cut protest film reveals images reminiscent of Picasso's "Guernica" painting. The avant-garde organ score is performed by David Horowitz.
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Topics: protest film, animation, organ, David Horowitz.
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Harmonica virtuoso Stan Fisher seemed to be all over the place in the mid-1940s through the 1960s, with appearances in concert halls, major television variety shows, and a feature film. He made seven recordings, including an album, “Hi-Fi Harmonica Over Broadway” (1958?). By the early 1970s, he was largely absent from the national music scene. Other than a brief biography in the liner notes to his album, his life and disappearance remain a mystery. His interpretation of George Enescu's...
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Topics: Stan Fisher, harmonica, George Enescu, Romania
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Oct 19, 2022 Philip Stapp
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'Symmetry' (1966) 10m, dir. Philip Stapp Stapp was one of the greatest animators working in the 1950-1975 era, using stylized, often pointillist abstract imagery, in a floating world sometimes surrealist, at other times reminiscent of Japanese "ukiyo-e" illustration. His spectacular 'Symmetry' is his greatest film, a fantasy of dancing images breaking apart, spinning, and converging. For more information on Stapp, visit: http://www.afana.org/stapp.htm
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Topic: Animation
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Oct 10, 2022 Bruce Russell
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To say Russell makes films on biology is sort of like saying Rodin threw some clay on a table and a few minutes later came up with a figure representative of a human. 'Light Microscope' starts out didactically (Russell was a former K-12 biology teacher) in instructing the student on proper microscope technique, then goes off into the hyperspace of lighting techniques, using light and colored filters, that make otherwise difficult-to-see phenomena visible. This film, frankly, borders on...
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Topics: biology, science, volvox, hydra, amoeba
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Sep 23, 2022 Larry Yust, Encyclopedia Britannica
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Larry Yust's treatment of Shirley Jackson's short story 'The Lottery,' a tale about societal rules and individual values. Filmed in the central California towns of Fellows and Taft, starring William Benedict, William Fawcett, and Olive Dunbar.
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Topics: Shirley Jackson, Taft, CA, Fellows, CA
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Sep 8, 2022 Bruce and Katharine Cornwell
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Bruce and Katharine Cornwell are primarily known for a series of remarkable animated films on the subject of geometry. Created on the Tektronics 4051 Graphics Terminal, they are brilliant short films, tracing Klee-like geometric shapes to intriguing music, including the memorable 'Bach meets Third Steam Jazz' musical score in ‘Congruent Triangles.’ In this melding of art and science, the Cornwells create a quasi-hypnotic take on a mathematical construct. More on the Cornwells at...
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Topic: mathematics, science
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Also known as "Andalusian Nights," the film presents a dramatization of the rehearsal of the opera "Carmen," with excerpts from the opera performed by Maria Cebotari, Marko Rothmuller and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Josef Krips. Acted sequences include a funny entrance by the late-arriving Maria Cebotari (ironically noted for her punctuality). Two songs from Bizet's "Carmen" sung by Rothmuller and Cebotari  include "L'Habanera." Maria...
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Topics: Maria Cebotari, Marko Rothmuller, Josef Krips, Carmen, Bizet
Academic Film Archive of North America
Jul 11, 2022 Lee Bobker/Lester Becker
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The Black upper middle-class Myers family moves into all-white Levittown, PA in August, 1957, and are snubbed and mistreated, in this powerful landmark documentary showcasing racism in the United States.
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Topics: african-american, black, racism, housing, urban
Academic Film Archive of North America
Jun 21, 2022
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A 'new' version of the original of 1925, touting Santa Clara Valley's agricultural roots. Here we see the Clapp's Baby Food factory, the American Can Company plant, FMC, San Jose Steel, and Moffett Field, all accessible via the old Monterey Highway, or after arrival on the Coast Daylight steam locomotive-driven train.
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Topics: San Jose, Santa Clara Valley, Coast Daylight, Southern Pacific, FMC, Moffett Field
Academic Film Archive of North America
May 10, 2022
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This silent film accompanied lectures by filmmakers Ray and Virginia (Jinny) Garner, ending with a pack mule journey into the Sierra Madre mountains of Sonora and Chihuahua, Mexico. Starting out at Arizona's: FF Ranch, Ray & Jinny discuss, show, and pack provisions, CU. Cleaning tent, view camera, lenses, Kodachrome film in stacks, Jinny Garner makes a chimpanzee hand puppet, which she'll later use to amuse children in Mexico. They load their white Plymouth woodie, entering Mexico through...
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Topics: Mexico, Sierra Madre, Arechuyvo, FF Ranch, Charles C. Di Peso, William Shirley Fulton, Plymouth...
Academic Film Archive of North America
May 10, 2022
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This film presents Josef Hofmann, pianist, as guest soloist, playing the last movement of Beethoven's Emperor Concerto No. 5 in E Flat Major.  Hofmann also plays Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C# Minor. The Bell Telephone Orchestra conducted by Donald Voorhees plays Beethoven's Gomez Overture. The film also discusses telephone technology of the era, including coaxial cabling and microwave transmissions for radio. Shows behind-the-scene Bell Telephone Hour broadcasters & personnel, with...
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Topics: Bell Telephone Hour, Josef Hofmann, telephone technology, microwave
Academic Film Archive of North America
Mar 12, 2022
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Forgotten today, Marshall Izen, who died May 26, 2016 at the age of 90, was a magnificent pianist, Emmy-winning puppeteer (1972), author, animator, ventriloquist and humorist, reminiscent of Victor Borge. He created his own puppets and their costumes and used a pedal-activated tape recorder to add a voice in his duets. In this rare film, Izen plays piano, tells jokes, performs male and female operatic voices for his one-person puppet show. He parodies Wagner's "Tristan and Isolde,"...
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Topics: ventriloquism, classical piano, puppetry, Scarlatti
Academic Film Archive of North America
Feb 16, 2022
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Part of the "Here's Homer" series as Homer Groening looks at interesting outdoor activities/sports
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Topic: homer groening
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Feb 12, 2022 Dick McCutchen, Thomas Galvin
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Follows two Oklahoma wildcatters as they prepare to sink a well. Shows their drilling operations for the Big Chief Drilling Company in Garfield County, OK; Only 1 out of 9 wells are wet, and it takes them 22 days and 6,750 feet to figure it out.
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Topics: oil, petroleum, Oklahoma
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Jan 27, 2022 Toshi and Peter Seeger
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Long unavailable, this film presents Pete Seeger (who wrote a manual for playing steel drums) visiting steel drum makers and players in Trinidad. We found the process of tuning the pans particularly interesting.
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Topic: calypso
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Dec 4, 2021 Physical Science Study Committee
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Here, Dr. Albert V. Baez demonstrates vectors in a Palo Alto (CA) High School classroom. He uses rubber models to show vector displacement in two and three dimensions, and introduces vector addition, scalar multiplication of vector and other concepts. Based on the textbook 'Physics,' by the Physical Science Study Committee (PSSC).
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Topics: physics, PSSC, vectors
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Oct 20, 2021 William Deneen
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This film provides contrasts and similarities among the three countries. In Norway, Deneen visits with a fishing family from the small city of Alesund, in Denmark, with a farm family, and in Sweden, with the family of a glassworker. The countries are contrasted in terms of natural resources and reliance on trade.
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Oct 16, 2021 Carson "Kit" Davidson
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This film is an account of the Talyllyn Railway, a historic narrow-gauge slate carrier in Tywyn, Wales, and its operation by a preservation society who saved it from being sold for scrap. Although the release date is 1965, it was actually filmed in the early 1950s. Academic Film Archive of North America director Geoff Alexander visited the railway in June, 2009 as part of the process of preparing the film for uploading: "Opened in 1865, the Talyllyn railway was the first narrow-gauge steam...
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Topics: train, narrow gauge, locomotive, Talyllyn
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Sep 30, 2021 Willis Simms
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Made by Willis Simms' 6th Period Art Class at Hughes Jr. High, Woodland Hills, California. The film depicts the making of the film as well as the finished product, with Bolex camera, the construction of miniature sets, lighting and splicing. The jazz sound track is performed by Robert Clark, music teacher at Hughes Jr. High. The narration was done by veteran actor Marvin Miller. The girl shown splicing footage is Simms' daughter Laura. For more on Simms, visit...
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Topic: student film
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Aug 27, 2021 Bernard Wilets
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In The sixth and final film in Bernard Wilets's Man and the State series is a dramatization of the controversy between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson as the two historical figures debate various crises in American history. They are raised from the dead, awaken, debate the Civil War, the Great Depression, and Vietnam, then are returned to their deaths. Filmmaker Bernard Wilets shown briefly on camera, sitting to the right of the camera, wearing a cap. For more on filmmaker Bernard...
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Topic: Man and State, Drama, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson
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Aug 11, 2021 Weston Woods
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Creator of the Mr. Magoo and Tom Terrific animated characters, Deitch has spent the last several decades in Prague, directing films based on children’s picture books along with his wife and colleague, Zdenka Deitchova. Here, Deitch describes the painstaking process of animating a picture book for film and selecting a musical score. For more on Deitch, visit Creator of the Mr. Magoo and Tom Terrific animated characters, Deitch has spent the last several decades in Prague, directing films based...
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Topics: Gene Deitch, picture books, animation
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Aug 4, 2021 Sullivan C. Richardson
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This film documents the Sullivan C. Richardson Pan American Highway Expedition of 1940-1941, the first of a two-part series describing the first successful attempt to drive an automobile from the United States to the tip of South America (the companion film was 'Rugged Road to Cape Horn.')Here, Richardson and two companions (one of whom is Arnold Whitaker) explore the route that would eventually become the Pan American Highway. The going is rugged: at times, their Plymouth sedan is towed by men...
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Topics: Pan American Highway, Monte Alban, Atitlan, Guatemala, Mexico, El Savador
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Jun 15, 2021 Francis J. Rose, Highway Safety Films
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This film, made for the Highway Safety Foundation, was shot at a Sunbeam appliance factory, was meant to show 60's plant managers how to prevent employee theft. The plant is surrounded by barbed wire, and the good guys go around checking lunch pails (one of the employees is shown hiding a clothes iron in it beforehand). Right off the bat, you start pulling for the employees, taking glee in every theft. Terrible microphone placement is one of the hallmarks of this remarkable period piece on...
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Topics: afana, highway safety films, academic film, employee theft
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Jun 7, 2021 Richard Leacock
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This PSSC film utilizes a fascinating set consisting of a rotating table and furniture occupying surprisingly unpredictable spots within the viewing area. The fine cinematography by Abraham Morochnik, and funny narration by University of Toronto professors Donald Ivey and Patterson Hume is a wonderful example of the fun a creative team of filmmakers can have with a subject that other, less imaginative types might find pedestrian.
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Topics: physics, science, PSSC
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May 15, 2021 Ken Rudolph
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Presents an underwater fantasy. Studies the deep blues which gives the feeling of going down in an almost endless descent. Shows the beauty and gloriousness of the flower - life sea anemones. Concludes by showing the blues of the upper waters. Music by Jerry Garcia. For more on director Ken Rudolph, visit http://www.afana.org/rudolphken.htm
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Topics: academic film, underwater photography
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May 5, 2021 Edward English
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Lisl Weil, a dancer who often performed in New York with friend Tommy Scherman and his Little Orchestra Society, was also a splendid charcoal artist. Here, accompanied by Sherman’s musical interpretation of the Paul Dukas classic, she soars across the screen, drawing abstract characters on a massive blank board in a timeless, fun film that juxtaposes wonderfully with the better-known Disney treatment in 'Fantasia.'
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Topics: charcoal, dukas
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Mar 6, 2021 Kent Wilson
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Directed by Gabriel Weiss. One of the strangest, fun, and perhaps most unforgettable films in the science genre was this, produced by University of California at San Diego chemistry professor Kent Wilson, and choreographed by Weiss’ future wife and 1969 America’s Junior Miss, Jackie Benington. After a short description of the interaction between “stars” 30s Ribosome, mRNA, and Initiator Factor One by Stanford’s Nobel Prize-winning Paul Berg, the camera moves to an open field at...
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Topics: protein, DNA, RNA
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Feb 8, 2021 Silas Johnson
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Johnson is another "lost" filmmaker, who worked out of Coronado, California. This film boasts beautiful color footage of old Baja, before Pemex stations lined the Cuota and Libre. Hunt travels from Ensenada to Cabo San Lucas, enchantingly stopping at the waterless village of Magdalena Bay, Tortuga Bay, and the vineyards at Santo Tomás.
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Topics: Santa Tomas, Magdalena, Tortuga, Baja, Cabo San Lucas, Ensenada
A/V Geeks
Dec 2, 2020 National Education Association and Affiliated State Education Associations
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Shows how a teacher, by helping a first-grade child to discover his need for learning, teachers him to read, write, and do arithmetic. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
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Educational Films
Sep 13, 2020 Thomas G. Smith
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This film examines the process of holography, types of holograms, and the uses of the hologram for artistic and scientific purposes, as demonstrated by Tung H. Jeong, PhD, Lake Forest College. About the film, director Tom Smith writes: "Nobel Prize winner Dennis Gabor, holography’s inventor, saw the film after it was made and said it was the best film on the subject that he had seen. It is such a visual subject it made for a good film. I knew the 3-D quality could only be appreciated if...
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Topics: Physics., Photography., Light.
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Jun 14, 2020 Johanna Alemann
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Outstanding color cinematography by Guy Haselton shows nature in all seasons and in color patterns, textures, and designs of rare effectiveness. For more on director Johanna Alemann, visit http://www.afana.org/alemann.htm
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Apr 12, 2020 Carson "Kit" Davidson
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Fourteen international awards, including an Academy Award, Nomination and the Special Prize of the Jury, Cannes Intl Festival. Presents a surrealistic and humorous satire on the Madison Avenue image of the world through advertising. The terrific jazz soundtrack was done by Bob Brookmeyer and Gerry Mulligan, who was a friend of filmmaker Carson "Kit" Davidson. This film was restored courtesy the Academy Film Archive. More on Davidson and his other films you can view at...
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Topics: experimental, jazz, dada, surrealism
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Apr 5, 2020 Encyclopedia Britannica, Charles L. Finance
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'Controversy Over the Moon' (1971) 15m, dir. Charles L. Finance. This film describes the efforts of scientists to determine the composition of the moon and how it affects the solar system, what meteors aremade from and how craters are formed. The debate here, between geologists Jack Green, who advocates vulcanism, and Eugene M. Shoemaker, who advocates meteorite collision, is over what caused the Copernicus carter. Another in the AGI (American Geological Institute)'Eath Science' series of films...
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Topics: afana, moon, geology, meteors, craters, astrology, volcanoes
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Mar 13, 2020 Stephen White
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Using a large-scale Millikan apparatus, the value of the Coulomb force constant is determined. Hosted by professor Eric M. Rogers.
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Topic: PSSC physics
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Feb 17, 2020 Thomas G. Smith
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Tom Smith headed up the Special Effects team at Industrial Light & Magic, where he created all the goodies for the 'Star Wars' films. This is his academic film masterwork, which took over a year to create, over 13 weeks to film, and utilized "traveling mattes," with as many as five separate films running in the background, showcasing wonderful models and graphics. About the making of the film, Tom Smith writes: "I made that film in 1976 with Richard Basehart as narrator and a...
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Topics: space, universe, Industrial Light and Magic, ILM
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Oct 31, 2019 Vincent R. Tortora
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Explores the history, traditions and practices of the Lubavitch Hasidic Community of New York. Visits their synagogue, homes, school and other parts of their community. Incorporates Chabad - Hasidic - songs and melodies in the soundtrack. Narrated by Rabbi Chaim Drizin, 21 years of age when the film was made.
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Topics: Judaism, Lubavitch, Chabad, Chaim Drizin
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Jun 27, 2019 Bruce And Katharine Cornwell
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'Journey to the Center of a Triangle' (1976) 8m, dir. Bruce & Katharine Cornwell. Another fabulous film by the Cornwells, created on the Tektronics 4051 Graphics Terminal. Presents a series of animated constructions that determine the center of a variety of triangles, including such centers as circumcenter, incenter, centroid and orthocenter. The music is Bach's preludes 8 (Eb minor) and 12 (F minor) from the Well Tempered Clavier. More on the Cornwells at http://www.afana.org/cornwell.htm...
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Topics: mathematics, science
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May 11, 2019 Milan Herzog
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Examines the concepts of the entropy principle and of astronomical time, the relation of subjective and external time, and the definition of a second. Includes demonstrations of scientific timepieces and of the cyclotron. Features producer Milan Herzog in cameo role as the director of a space project.
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Topics: afana, Herzog
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Apr 21, 2019 Bert Salzman
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For most of his life, Angel has been a migrant worker, helping his family as they move from place to place picking crops. When a phone won't work, Angel enlists "Big Joe's" aid to repair it and from then on a friendship develops. Joe and the boy team up to start a rose-growing business. A call from Angel's father comes, the family must leave. Angel can stay with Joe and the promise of a future, or he can go with his family and continue in the uncertain lifestyle of his parents....
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Topics: Bert Salzman, Academy Award
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Apr 11, 2019 Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, Inc.
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Uses demonstrations and examples in discussing the origin and composition of sedimentary rocks. Explains methods by which students can learn about the ways in which sediments are produced, transported, accumulated, and hardened into sedimentary rock.
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Topic: geology
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Apr 6, 2019 Encyclopedia Britannica; Stanley Croner
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Follows contemporary American poet James Dickey on a three week lecture tour. Reveals the actual thoughts and feelings of the poet through his conversations and poetry readings.
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Topics: james dickey, poet
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Oct 22, 2018 John Barnes
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This is the first film in Barnes' 'Shaw vs. Shakespeare' series, considered by experts to be among the finest educational films ever made. Here is wonderful introduction to Barnes as an insightful and witty interpreter of Shakespeare on film, the opening film of the triptych focusing on George Bernard Shaw’s belief that, although Shakespeare’s play was superior to his own, the treatment of the character of Caesar was not. Shaw, as written by Barnes, prefers a Caesar whose...
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Topics: Geoge Bernard Shaw, Shaw, Shakespeare, Moffat, Kiley, Grossman
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Sep 12, 2018 John Barnes
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In maintaining that Brutus was the least morally-reprehensible character in Shakespeare’s play, Shaw here plays the critic, offering analysis to the scenes played by Barnes’ remarkable cast, led by Donald Moffat, Richard Kiley and Suzanne Grossman. This is the second of a 3 part series. To view the first and third parts, visit http://www.archive.org/details/shaw_vs_shakespeare_1 and http://www.archive.org/details/shaw_vs_shakespeare_3
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Topics: George Bernard Shaw, Shaw, Shakespeare, Moffat, Kiley, Grossman
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Jul 26, 2018 Carson "Kit" Davidson
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The mechanized production of Duro-Test light bulbs is filmed as a dance to the tune of the Brandenburg, as choreographed filaments, glass, and metal combine in a dynamic finale. For more on Carson Davidson, visit http://www.afana.org/davidsoncarson.htm
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Topics: industrial, light bulb
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May 2, 2018 William Deneen
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Old ways are juxtaposed with the influence of modern housing, food, and clothing, filmed in Frobisher Bay (now Iqaluit),Baffin Island.
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Topics: Nunavut, Arctic, Inuit
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Apr 15, 2018 Frank Paine
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'Birch Canoe Builder' (1970) 20m, dir. Craig Hinde. Presents a study of the life of 80 year old Bill Hafeman, of Big Fork, MN, a woodsman and craftsman, who builds canoes from birch bark, cedar planks and spruce roots in the traditional Indian way, utilizing neither nails nor glue. Shows him constructing a canoe accompanied by his wife, Violet, as he describes his life in the forest environment and reflects on the importance of preserving ecological order.
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Topics: Native American craft, afana, canoe
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Mar 5, 2018 Rudolf Pok? or Bernard Luber?
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‘Trio’ (1953?) 30m, dir. Irving Reis or Jules Dassin. Landmark musical performances were a staple of early television, but unfortunately many of the early examples have been destroyed. This extremely rare film documents cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, violinist Jascha Heifetz, and pianist Artur Rubenstein. Somewhat stilted in the way only early television can be, it nevertheless showcases the techniques and personalities of three of the 20th century’s greatest musicians.
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Dec 28, 2017 Ray Garner
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This film brings alive the life and times of thousands of years ago in ancient Israel. Depicts the beauty of the land which gave birth to three religions, the sites where heroic deeds took place, and the towering splendor of the ancient works. For more on Ray Garner, visit http://www.afana.org/garner.htm
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Topic: Israel
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Dec 28, 2017 Philip Stapp
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Sent by the U.S. government as a participant in the Marshall Plan with a specific mission to assist the French in re-gearing their animation studios, Stapp discovered a Europe much-decimated by war, but in further danger of annihilation by nuclear weapons. Returning to the U.S., he produced this alarming-yet-hopeful film, replete with its lonely, Tanguy-inspired landscapes peopled with static figures casting long shadows across charcoal-colored plains. While taking the risk of leaning a bit...
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Topic: animation, Marshall Plan
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Nov 28, 2017 Merle Norman Cosmetics.; Modern Talking Picture Service.
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Singer Vikki Carr demonstrates the forerunner of today's phonograph, the automatic musical instrument. She explains the hidden mechanisms whereby priceless pianos are played by the 'invisible hands' of pianist Ignace Jan Paderewski and composer - pianist Edvard Grieg, repeating precisely their performance of 50 years ago. These old orchestrations duplicate sounds of entire orchestras, played by player piano, automatic banjo, and other automatic instruments. Carr sings along with some of them in...
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Topic: player pianos
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Nov 24, 2017 William Deneen
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Hosted by Ubud's political leader Agung Jakarta Sulawesi Mas, Deneen here visits important sites and describes the political, religious, and economic situation on the island of Bali in the Indonesia of 1959.
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Topic: Agang Djakorta Sulawesi Mas
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Nov 20, 2017 Gerald McDermott
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The late Gerald McDermott made this, his first commercial film at the age of 19, an extremely complex animation short featuring approximately 2000 animation cels presented in six minutes. The production was handled by an uncredited Harrison Engle, later noted as a documentary filmmaker. Influenced by Klee and Matisse, McDermott used silk-screen as well as traditional painting techniques in crafting ethnographic folk tale animation shorts. With films that are startling in intensity, and majestic...
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Topics: Animation, Japan, folktale
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Nov 9, 2017 John Barnes
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In what might be the most fascinating and unusual promotional film ever made for an institution of higher learning, director John Barnes delivers what is essentially a 32 minute pan shot pastiche of life at an eastern college. St John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, is the subject. Reminiscent of Barnes' museum pans filmed in England and Italy, he moves horizontally through classrooms and laboratories, capturing abstract philosophical discussions, Euclidian mathematical constructions,...
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Topics: College, classical education
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Oct 23, 2017 Weston Woods
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Discusses the qualities that make up Weston Woods picture books. Presents three authors/artists who make their living writing picture books (Robert McCloskey, Barbara Cooney, and Maurice Sendak). Exhibits samples of the works of 36 illustrators plus the complete films 'TIME OF WONDER' and 'A SNOWY DAY.' For more on Weston Woods founder Morton Schindel, go to http://www.afana.org/schindel.htm
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Topics: picture books, illustrations
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Jul 19, 2017 Physical Science Study Committee.; Modern Learning Aids
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Shows several models to illustrate both the bulk motion and random motion of molecules. Shows their interconnection as the energy of bulk motion. Discusses thermal conduction and absolute temperature scale. For more info on PSSC films and their history, visit http://www.afana.org/psscfilms.htm
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Topic: pssc. physics
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Jun 29, 2017 Educational Services, Inc.; Physical Science Study Committee.
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Dorothy Montgomery uses a Leybold tube to measure the curvature of the path of the electrons in a magnetic field and thus determine the mass of the electron. For more info on PSSC, its history, and films, visit http://www.afana.org/psscfilms.htm
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Topics: pssc, physics
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May 7, 2017 Time, Inc. March of Time
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   This 1948 film takes a critical look at the commercial radio broadcasting industry, focusing on its excessive commercialism It includes, from 9:08 to 9:51, footage of Lee de Forest, inventor of the grid Audion, reading his famous admonition to the NAB: “To the National Association of Broadcasters, New York City. Gentlemen: What have you done to my child, the radio broadcast? He was conceived as a potent instrumentality for culture, fine music, the uplifting of America’s mass...
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Topics: radio, celebrities, Lee de Forest
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Mar 17, 2017 William F. Deneen
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In this film, Deneen starred his wife and three sons (all uncredited), after he'd arranged a trade with Italian Lines for free passage for his family in return for a film about the liner S.S. Leonardo Da Vinci. Deneen states that 90% of the shots were filmed on the Da Vinci, and another 10% were filmed aboard the S.S. Michelangelo on his return voyage. The film is a remarkable children's film as well as serving as an important document of one of the most advanced ocean liners of its day, now...
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Topics: academic film, bill deneen
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Mar 16, 2017 Steven Condiotti
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From a story by Raymond Carver, filmed in El Cerrito,CA. Here, a sad man puts his possessions on in his front yard to sell, and two strangers arrive as buyers. They remain, to become part of the tableau. Two sets of relationships here are in a state of transition, in a beautiful, touching film that offers no concrete answers.
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Topic: relationships
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Mar 15, 2017 Clifford B. West
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Here, Clifford West explores the human body through non-traditional abstract focusing technique. Norma Dupire, the model in the film, writes: "I was a 20-yr-old student wife working as an art model in Detroit and pregnant with my first child. I borrowed a car on a summer morning in 1962 to get out to the studio in Mr. West's house in Bloomfield Hills. It was a three-hour session of easy poses because most of that time Mr. West was adjusting equipment. His directing was quite relaxed, he...
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Topics: poetry, experimental
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Mar 15, 2017 William Deneen
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This is a story about a Japanese child who loses a friend, gains a treasured possession, and learns that growing up often means sacrificing one end to gain another. Pictures life in a Japanese home and school, revealing the attitudes, customs, and problems of a farm family living on the edge of a city. Filmed in central Honshu. The narrator is Bill Deneen, who uses a Japanese accent. According to Denneen, this film nearly didn't get distributed. According to Deneen, when EB Films' president...
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Mar 15, 2017 William Deneen
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A dramatization of a Roman boy's friendship with a slave in his father's household. Depicts, through the young boys' experiences and activities, the way of life and customs of ancient Rome. Some dialogue in Latin. This film was one of three made by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films' Bill Deneen utilizing the sets from Samuel Bronston's epic 'The Fall of the Roman Empire.' This 'Claudius' was actually one of two released concurrently by EB, one with and one without dialogue in Latin, and is...
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Topics: Encyclopedia Britannica Films, William Deneen, Samuel Bronston, Latin dialogue
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Feb 26, 2017 Ray Garner
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'Ancient World, The: Greece' (1955) 66m, dir. ray Garner. This film recreates the ancient Greek world through its extant art and literature. The narration is from translations of Greek authors, including Hesiod, Pindar, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Herodotus, Thucydides, Plato, and Plutarch, and accompanies visual impressions of Greek religious philosophy and history through the golden age. The film features spectacular footage of Crete, Knossos, Mycenae, and the sculptures of...
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Feb 25, 2017 Ray Garner
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'Ancient World, The: Egypt' (1951) 66m, dir. Ray Garner. This film taces the story of Egypt from the prehistoric period to the time of the Ptolemies, focusing on the Nile, temples, pyramids and the Sphinx. Here, Garner showcases a single shot of ruins as light and dark as clouds pass, a signature of his. The filmmaker waxes poetic in this statement: "For Egypt is a monument, not to the conqueror or statesman, but to the artist, the architect, the painter, the sculptor, whose works will...
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Feb 15, 2017 Jon Wilkman Productions
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Examines the people, industry, economy, and landscape of the agricultural Midwest of the United States.
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Topics: United States, geography
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Feb 15, 2017 Milan Herzog
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Lesson 51 in Encyclopaedia Britannica's 'Je Parle Français' French languauge instruction series of 1961. Here, Mont Saint-Michel is visited and architectural elements are described. This print is a Kodachrome answer print from producer Milan Herzog's private collection. For more on EB's foreign language series of films from the early 1960s, visit http://www.afana.org/ebforeign.htm
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Topics: French langauage instruction, Mont Saint-Michel
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Feb 8, 2017 Herman Engel Productions
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A poignant film of poverty and morality. In this exceptional sociodrama, a hungry boy finds someone's food stamps and makes a decision. The schoolhouse scene is sobering, washing is done in a basin to show that the sink doesn't work, a teacher makes lunch for kids from government-issue canned food, cooked on a gas stove located in the classroom.
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Topics: Academic Film, Appalachia
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Jan 8, 2017 Dan Bessie
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'Unicycle: Looking at My World' (1976) 15m, dir. Dan Bessie. The world of 15 year old unicyclist Tony Marienthal includes visits to assist the elderly, learning new juggling tricks, and trying to make it home for supper. The film is a wonderful, idyllic "day in the life" film of a teen-ager. It's also somewhat bittersweet, as Tony Marienthal, who wanted his baby son to see this film, died at the young age of 51. It's uploading is being sponsored by his family, who'll show it at Tony's...
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Nov 8, 2016 Thomas G. Smith
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This important film presents the American Indian speaking for himself ---discussing what he wants and how he feels. It features historically important Native Americans such as Chief Dan George and Lame Deer, and focuses on three American Indian tribes and how they are surviving. Reverend Cliff Hill describes how the Muskogee Creek are fighting to maintain their language, and the Ceremonial Stomp Dance is shown. Medicine Man Lame Deer (John Fire) addresses aspects of the Rosebud Sioux existence,...
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Sep 2, 2016 William Heick
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A magnificent film featuring Pacific Northwest Indian dances of the ancient winter ceremonial handed down among the Kwakiutl families as their way of keeping history. Beautiful costumes and masks are worn by the dancers in this black and white film
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Jun 23, 2016 Piers Jessop
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Director Piers Jessop’s 'Middle Ages - A Wanderer's Guide To Life and Letters,' is full of humor (some of it, wonderfully, on the dark side), and is a tour-de-force for the brilliant acting of Nicholas Pennell as ‘Robert,’ a fun-loving, arty, bawdy, and roguish guide to the culture, politics, and mores of the year 1350. Athletic and erudite, Pennell stole kisses, ran from pursuers, and leapt obstacles as he engaged the viewer by proving that old times may not have been all that different...
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Apr 28, 2016 Bernard Wilets
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Reviews the two main influences -- African and English -- on the development of American folk music. Traces the history of one ballad from its original British version through its journey across America to its emergence in the American West as the cowboy song, 'The Streets of Laredo,' and later in a Negro blues version entitled 'Saint James Infirmary. For more on filmmaker Bernard Wilets, visit http://www.afana.org/wilets.htm
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Feb 19, 2016 Stuart Roe & Richard Guttman
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This exceptional film discusses how the people of the Mexican village of Mijas (called 'Santa Clara' in film) follow an ancient tradition of coppermaking established before the coming of the Spanish missions, and shows their methods in detail. 56 families live in the village, all are coppersmiths. Highlights include building an oven from mud and stone, melting copper ore, and the beating of sheet copper into large trays and bowls by small and large hammers. This is the Spanish language version...
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Topics: metalsmith, coppersmith